In an April 17 press release, Tricia Leslie, marketing communications officer for the BC SPCA in Vancouver announced that the North Cariboo SPCA Branch now has a new branch manager.
Jamie Walsh became an SPCA staff member in 2006 after spending five years as a shelter volunteer.
“I am so excited about our team and the opportunity to help build a strong, positive future for the animals in our community,” said Walsh, who was born and raised in Prince George. “Our team is really proud of the services we provide for our region’s most vulnerable animals and we are extremely grateful for the staff, volunteers and our dedicated support system throughout the community who make this possible.”
As well, the release says that Jodi Boivin has been appointed assistant manager.
Boivin, who is a seven-year member of the staff team, has a strong background in administration in addition to her animal welfare experience:
“It is really wonderful to work with staff and volunteers who are so passionate about making a different for animals,” said Boivin. “I am really looking forward to my new role and to contributing to the success of the branch.”
Walsh notes that one of the initiatives coming up for the branch is the annual City Challenge with Kamloops to see which community can raise the most money for animals in need during the month of May.
“We encourage all animal lovers in our community to come out to our fundraising events to have fun, help a great cause and to show Kamloops that we have the most supportive animal lovers anywhere in the province,” said Walsh.
The new SPCA hirings come after former general manager Angela McLaren and fundraiser Andrea Sowers both resigned in March alleging bullying and harrassment in the workplace. Those complaints are currently being looked into by an independent investigator hired by the organization.